Understanding the Role of Bile in Lipid Digestion and Absorption
Bile plays a crucial role in lipid digestion and absorption. It acts as an emulsifier, breaking down large lipid droplets into smaller micelles, which increases the surface area available for lipid-digesting enzymes to work on. Bile also helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Without sufficient bile production or excretion, lipid digestion and absorption can be compromised, leading to malabsorption disorders.